vendredi 7 septembre 2007

European Championship: Bahrain Ready

Royal Endurance Team set for Lisbon event

BAHRAIN'S Royal Endurance Team continued their training in Portugal for the FEI European Endurance Championship Open scheduled for tomorrow at 8.30am (Bahrain time), in Companhia das Lezirias, Lisbon.

The team, led by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had a practice session yesterday at the endurance village in Lisbon ahead of the upcoming six-stage event which will be over 160 kms.

The first stage will be over 35 kms, 23 kms for the second and fourth stages, while 27 kms is for the third, fifth and sixth.

Other riders representing the Bahraini team are Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, Yousif Taher, Mohammed Abdulaziz, Ghazi Al Dossary and Raed Mahmood.

Bahrain will be among top teams in the fray, including three GCC squads - the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The UAE team will be captained by Shaikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoom, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoom, Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoom, Sultan bin Saleem and Mubnarak bin Shafa.

Qatar will be represented by six riders - Fahad Al Hajry, Isa Al Mannai, Abdulla Al Sulaiti, Abdulla Al Harbi, Hamad Al Ardi and Atta Mohammed.

Prince Fahad bin Abdulla Al Saudi will lead a four-member Saudi Arabia's team of Bader Al Fard, Humood Al Shimmiri and Abdulla Bahim.

A meeting for the participating riders will be held today, to be followed by a three-hour veterinary inspections.

The Portuguese Equestrian Federation, represented by its vice-president, Paulo Branco, signed a deal last January with Qatar Foundation to sponsor the championship. The event was officially presented in Qatar in a press conference. Following the many applications, Portugal was the country chosen by the International Equestrian Federation to organise the championship. Coverage

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